Monday, July 28, 2014

30 days of creating

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

I heard somewhere that it takes 30 days to get into the routine of a new habit. I don't know if that's true but it sounds like a good round number for starting something new. So I'm challenging myself ...

... to create something every day for 30 days. The areas I want to focus most on are writing and photography, two artistic outlets that have always been the most meaningful to me. Whether its a quick sketch, a description of a summer day, or a photo of our street at sunset, I want to make something that is 100% my own each day. This challenge does not include starting multi-day projects or anything... just sitting down and making something and accepting it for what it is. It need not be functional, just original.

I allow myself to fall into ruts, to be exhausted at the end of the day, to flip on Netflix and just zone out. That's not how I picture my ideal life though. I picture it full of energy and beauty and discovery. Lately, as evidenced by my inconsistent posting here, I have allowed my creative energy to take a hiatus, and only show up on Sunday nights. It feels like a vicious circle -- the more tired I am, the less I create; the less I create, the more tired I become. I'm ready to give myself a kick in the ass and create some more.

My challenge to you is to join me! This is such a simple, yet powerful challenge to take on. Exercising your creativity will rejuvenate you and add meaning to your every day. All you need is what you already have ... a pen, a journal, computer or camera. To start out this challenge, I won't be buying anything. I have countless journals lying around and a brand new camera that needs to be put to work. But who knows -- maybe by the end of the month I'll have a set of watercolors lying around.

A huge part of this challenge is accountability. Ugh, I know big scary word. I'll be holding myself accountable by sharing my creations {or some sort of related image} over on Instagram with the hashtag #30dayscreating. Click, follow along, create something of your own & share! I'd love to see some others challenging their own creativity as well. I think this is going to be incredibly fun. I might post an update or two here on the blog as well, and will definitely be sharing how I feel at the end of it!

I'm beginning August 1, and the final day will be August 30. Let's get creating!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

trending // woven wall art

Woven and macrame wall art is everywhere y'all. And let me tell you this trend has totally sucked me in. I love it! While there are plenty of incredible artists that make beautiful pieces, I'm leaning toward the DIY version. A piece like one of these would be the perfect addition to my {very bland} bedroom. I like the colorful options best, but the all-white is so calming.
one // two // three // four

Where do you stand on this trend? Love it or is it too 60s hippie for your style?

Monday, July 21, 2014

explore // cannon beach

This past Saturday we drove out to the coast for a {very brief} visit to Cannon Beach. We spent most of the afternoon at Indian Beach, part of Ecola State Park. I had been to the Cannon Beach area in high school with my family, and again a few years ago with a friend. I had been itching to go back, and B had never been. Plus, with this beautiful hot Portland weather, we needed to get to some water, stat! At just over an hour and a half drive west, it was the perfect day trip.
It got foggy just as we got there, and it was so warm there was mist coming up off the beach. Not your typical July beach day, but it actually looked incredibly cool and moody. It was a perfect afternoon.
The final photo is taken at Cannon Beach around 5 o'clock... judging by the evening crowds, I'm glad we decided to spend most of the afternoon at Indian Beach. But we had to take a peek at Haystack Rock before we left {that big pointed rock in the background}. If you're in Cannon Beach, be sure to pick up some chocolates or taffy at Bruce's, too! It's a staple.

Friday, July 18, 2014

beauty review // recent favorites

Last week I posted about some beauty product fails. Its always disappointing to spend money on something that doesn't work quite like you expected. On the flip side, its amazing when your purchases do work out. So, to be fair, here's the products I've added to my bathroom drawer in the past few months that I am very happy about!

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray // This. Stuff. Kills. You've probably heard of it since it came on the market a few years back {previously a salon-only product}. It's a bit more expensive than your standard drugstore hairspray, but not unreasonable because it lasts forever. I've been using the same bottle for months! There's no crunchiness, ever, and it holds beautifully.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser // This is the cleanest feeling face wash I've used so far. I'm not sure its made a real difference compared to others but it feels clean and it gets all the makeup off.
Botanics Deeply Moisturizing Hand Cream // I have the worst skin around my nails, and am constantly searching for something to soften it. This stuff is great, and a little bit goes a long way. You can find this at Target with all their specialty brand beauty products.
Bare Minerals Original Foundation // I'm obsessed! I started using this in February after a lifetime of liquid foundation. My skin tends to get oily throughout the day, so liquid foundation just feels gross by the end of the day. I still suffer from a bit of oiliness, but this product covers {way better than I expected from a natural powder!} and I can't even feel it. That's a win.
Bare Minerals Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer // I really loved the standard Prime Time primer than came with the Bare Minerals starter kit, but when I ran out I decided to try something new. I chose the neutralizing product as I have some red patches and I prefer not to pile on the concealer. I think I might like the original better, but I can't decide. This primer really does even out my skin tone enough to use less concealer, but the original feels better at the end of the day. I can't choose!
eos Lip Balm // Its cute and it smells delicious {I use the Summer Fruit flavor} and it works great. I'm obsessed!
Revlon Colorstay Nail Laquer in Marmalade // I love this color! I have been searching for the perfect coral shade for a long time, and I finally found it. Its affordable, dries fast {as long as you use thin layers} and lasts a decent amount of time before it starts chipping. Then again, I don't do the whole base-coat-top-coat routine so none of my polish lasts very long. I will admit that the quick drying/long lasting effect is not the same among all their colors. I'm currently wearing another shade that takes forever to dry, and tends to peel off. Bummer, but I still love the Marmalade and it might be the first nail polish I actually run out of before it goes bad.

What products are you loving right now? I'd love to try some other products out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

inspired by...

Inspiration is everywhere, and this photo really grabbed me. The glowing light, the soft colors, and the oozing femininity of the enormous bouquet truly inspired me. I wrote down what came to mind looking at this and searched around for the perfect pieces to create this dreamy, feminine bedroom...


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